A Church with a Heart for our Community

July 26th Tuesday

Greetings to you in the name of – “Heaven’s Champion”, Jesus Christ – THE Risen Saviour! What a beautiful morning in the Kingdom – thank you God for the five senses that you gave us so that we could appreciate your creative energy! I trust that you had a grand weekend and Monday…ready for an exciting week walking your faith out! Today I will be praying for, asking Father to release health and strength and happy hearts to you…in abundance!

I do enjoy learning something new, and especially when I learn that something that I thought I knew – I did not really know. Our latest devotional book is taking us through the book of Amos, giving insights and applications and challenges. Although I had read through Amos a couple times in the past, somehow I did not connect with it in a meaningful way. However, God is determined, it seems, that I pay attention and get with his program. Yesterday I came across a verse-with the commentary that brought new understanding.

I have often seen a statement – part of a Bible verse – written, usually on the side of a barn or shed in the country or on a billboard somewhere that read: Prepare to meet thy God. It is often used in jokes and cartoons in many ways with varying intentions. I suppose that I had relegated it to be directed at those who had no had no faith in God or at least no active faith at work in their lives. However in the context of Amos 4:12, the warning is being directed at the nation of Israel – God’s own people. It comes at the end of a dialogue when God says…five times: “…yet you have not returned to me.” Amos 4:6, 8, 9, 10, 11 NIV …”…Time’s up, O Israel! Prepare to meet your God.” – Amos 4:12 The Message.

I have a sense that the church of the 21st century needs to pay attention to the words of the prophets  of old. The church has experienced similar challenges and circumstances like the Israelites and still has not returned to God. Listen to these words: “…Does anyone have the foggiest idea of what sort of power we so blithely invoke? The churches are children playing on the floor with their chemistry sets, mixing up a batch of TNT to kill a Sunday morning. It is madness to wear ladies’ straw hats to church; we should be wearing crash helmets … For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense.” Annie Dillard.

I believe that God is not as asleep as we think he is. We need to be ready to meet God. Someone has said, “When the Church sees God as He really is then we may begin to see ourselves as we really are.” – Every Day With Jesus.

Be blessed!